How fit is your business? Three support services that know to optimise you and your workforce
As we are now getting past June and dare we say closer to this Christmas than the last, Hastings has started to feel more active and awake, spending more time outside than inside. Whilst we are panicking about how best make sure we get the best of the rays without melting, Hastings Chamber has opened its doors to three welcome organisations to our June meeting (kindly hosted again by the Hastings Centre), who offer not just ways to improve our businesses, but make us consider that good health makes good business.
ESHT NHS Trust – Free CPR training
Originally to be led by Tim Barrow, a Resuscitation Officer from East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, we got the next best thing in Steve Baldry of Marshall Tufflex. A member of the chamber and trained in the art of resuscitation, he had the first-hand experience of the power of providing CPR training as he was subject to cardiac arrest during one of his regular games of badminton.
Different from a heart attack, which has its own individual symptoms, he told us that out of 30,000 people who suffer from cardiac arrest, only 3,000 people survive, and the odds are dramatically improved if they encounter one person who has this training. Luckily for Steve there was someone on the court next to him that had attended CPR only two weeks beforehand!
The Trust offers a service that can bring a professional to your workplace for free, teaching by demonstrating to you and the rest of your staff how to perform cardiac resuscitation exercises. They will also go through how to use a modern defibrillator, and show you how simple it is to save someone’s life. Even if you don’t have a defibrillator, there are techniques you can use without one, but always call 999 before you attempt to resuscitate.
You can access many of the videos that Steve mentioned about here, here and here. Many members can speak from the experience of Tim Barrow’s insight, and make a difference in many workplaces, email to find out more.
Heath in Mind – Free Mental Health Support
On a more day to day front, Kevin Rozario-Johnson of Health in Mind led with a startling fact that over 57% of work-related absence is down to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, and that 60% of this is work or work-related. With concerning facts such as this, he came to chamber to talk about his IAPT (Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies) service, offering free consultation and treatments for people over 17.5 registered to a GP in East Sussex, with its own confidential self-referral system that mean you don’t even have to tell your GP.
With news headlines talking about mental health and mindfulness, Heath in Mind seeks to meet the needs of the local community, as Kevin estimates that 1 out of 4 of us will experience mental health difficulties in any one year. Their approach is preventative (no prescription medication) and effective, focusing on helping people who experience mild to moderate difficulties with such things as anxiety, stress and depression, with an evidence-based approach and specialist therapies. From 16,000 referrals per year, over half of respondents have had significant improvement, and 70% have had a reliable improvement in their mental health.
As one of the most successful IAPT in the country, and expected to grow, they offer a variety of services from their 150+ strong team of practitioners that will help either yourself or your employees. Their methods include courses, assessments and treatments, including 1:1 telephone or face to face and future webinars. To find out more, visit their website or email Kevin.
One You East Sussex – Free Healthy Lifestyle Service
Finally, we heard from Sarah and Dan from One You East Sussex, the county’s new integrated healthy lifestyle service. Free and open to anyone over 16, they help those who are seeking to make a lifestyle change with the variety of options available on their website no matter what stage.
One you provides a one-stop shop of tailored health support just from a simple free health and wellbeing assessment. With over a quarter of adults having three or more lifestyle-related risk factors in their lives, One You targets weight loss, smoking support and getting people active.
Each of their programmes is geared to suiting people and their day to day life, such as adult weight management, where they can adapt their diet but not lose out, and free NHS health checks for over 40s directly in their workplace or those unable to go to see their doctor. Offering face to face services, web or telephone support, or group activity and apps you can use right now. To find out more about their programmes and start the assessment process, visit their website.
July’s meeting is a different one! It is the Summer Social Quiz Night on Thursday 18 July at The Italian Way. The Summer Social is helping to raise funds for Chestnut Tree House, a chamber member and children’s hospice for Sussex, Brighton and Hove and South East Hampshire.
So gather your friends, family or your associates to enjoy an inclusive meal to battle it out to be crowned Chamber Champion! Book via Eventbrite.